The Office of Public and Employee Communications (OPEC) is composed of the Press Office, Office of External Affairs, and Office of Internal Communication. The goal of OPEC staff members is to provide timely and relevant information through various media that educates the public, the media, lawmakers and internal staff members on the policies, events and successes of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
OPEC coordinates press conferences, develops/disseminates public information via press releases, advisories, and website and social media postings. OPEC also facilitates media interviews, oversees documentaries, organizes media tours of prisons and other CDCR facilities, and provides training to Public Information Officers working the department’s 34 prisons, Juvenile Justice facilities, fire camps and parole regions.
|Name & Email||Title|
|Jeffrey Callison||Assistant Secretary, Communications|
|Michelle Mraule||Staff Services Manager|
|Vicky Waters||Press Secretary|
|Terry Thornton||Deputy Press Secretary|
|Luis Patino||Information Officer II|
|Kristina Khokhobashvili||Information Officer II|
|Bill Sessa||Information Officer I|
|Joseph Orlando||Information Officer I|
|Alexandra Powell||Information Officer I|
|Richard Barraza||Office Technician|
Office of External Communications
|Albert Rivas||Chief, External Communications|
|Matthew Westbrook||Associate Governmental Program Analyst|
Internal Communications & Multimedia Office
|Bill Enfield||Chief, Internal Communications|
|Don Chaddock||Associate Governmental Program Analyst|
|Holly Stewart||Associate Governmental Program Analyst|
|Scott Sabicer||Director, Television Communications Center (Supervisor)|
|Cam Applegate||Television Specialist|
|Eric Owens||Television Specialist|
|Jeff Baur||Television Specialist|
|David Novick||Television Specialist|
Web Task Force
|Nic Solberg||Associate Information Systems Analyst|
|Camaron Foster||Associate Information Systems Analyst|
The Press Office researches and responds to inquiries from the media. Facts are gathered as quickly as possible and provided to the inquirer. If the requested facts are not known or are otherwise unavailable, the inquirer shall be informed and the reasons therefore. Contact the Press Office at (916) 445-4950.
As part of the California Public Recorts Act, public records maintained by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (the Department) will be available for inspection by members of the public. More info
Call the CDCR Main Number at 916-324-7308 or visit the CDCR Contact Information page.